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Force 10 from Dalston

Force 10 from Dalston

By | December 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm | 3 comments

There was a distinctly end of term feeling in Munich last night. We may not have been playing any carols but the spirit was there, and it wasn't just the Gluhwein from the snow covered Christmas market. The orchestra, as always, has been working incredibly hard and the break...

Posted in: Germany December 2011, LSO On Tour

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

By | September 28, 2011 at 11:44 am | No comments

A member of the audience has sent me some photographs of the concert at G Live. Before and after. Spot the difference! [caption id="attachment_1235" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Before"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1236" align="aligncenter" width="640"...

Posted in: Guildford September 2011, LSO On Tour

Bad light stops play…eventually

By | September 26, 2011 at 11:53 am | 6 comments

Regular readers of the blog will not be surprised to know that I am writing this having just watched Wales destroy Namibia in the Rugby World Cup. My Welsh father and a childhood involving many trips to Cwmllynfell to see my granny, cast my musical soul in red many years ago....

Posted in: Guildford September 2011, LSO On Tour

Ladies and Gentlemen…please welcome the Chairman of the London Symphony Orchestra

By | September 19, 2011 at 9:27 am | 5 comments

I...

Posted in: Beethovenfest September 2011, LSO On Tour

Holy Moly! Its Bucharest…I think

By | September 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm | 9 comments

It's quite usual for me to arrive in a city, leave the hotel, which is different to the one we stayed on previous trips, and not recognise anything at all. There are times when I begin to doubt myself and think that maybe I'm mixing places up. The one constant is the concert...

Posted in: Enescu Festival September 2011, LSO On Tour

LSO Wind Academy 2011

By | July 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm | One comment

The eagle eyed readers will have noticed that whilst a large proportion of the LSO is in Aix, almost all of those left behind performed...

Posted in: LSO On Tour

Bach to Bach Mahler

By | May 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm | 4 comments

The final day of the tour and we have a bit of a marathon to run, or hobble at any rate. Leaving the hotel at 6.45 am after a concert the night before in Lucerne, we get on a bus which takes us on a short journey to Zurich airport to arrive by 7am. Sunday mornings are never...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Switzerland & Leipzig May 2011

Train Tension

By | May 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm | No comments

The orchestra sat in near silence on the train this morning. The tension rising with the outside temperature as we sped through the mountains. I haven't felt this much pressure on a train since Sue Mallet was on a trip and was looking for volunteers for something or other. She...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Switzerland & Leipzig May 2011

Waiting for Christine…

By | March 28, 2011 at 10:15 am | 7 comments

I am at the moment sitting in a...

Posted in: Birmingham & Paris Mahler March 2011, LSO On Tour

Exit stage left

By | February 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm | No comments

Mahler's Third Symphony is always an event, partly due to the size of forces needed and the space required. The famous opening with the horns in full flight is truly astonishing writing and the power unleashed by Gergiev's hands in the ample acoustic of the Lincoln Centre is...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Philadelphia/New York February 2011

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